Homes torched, shops looted after man stabbed in tavern

2017-06-20 14:45
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mankweng - At least four houses were torched and shops were looted at Ga-Mothapo village east of Polokwane on Monday evening after a man was stabbed to death at a local tavern.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said residents went on the rampage after the man, 20, was stabbed, allegedly by a group of men at the tavern.

He said the man, whose identity was not yet clear, was taken to hospital where he later died.

"The search for the suspected persons ensued by the community until all these houses were burnt to ashes and they further looted a number of spaza shops in that village," Ngoepe said.

Police arrested four suspects, but none were linked to the murder.

While police were doing so, some residents started throwing stones at the officers.

This group was eventually dispersed.

Acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Jan Scheepers said he was disappointed with ongoing mob justice in some parts of the province.

Ngoepe said police had been deployed in the volatile area and would continue to monitor it.

He said the suspects, aged between 16 and 42 years, would soon appear in the Mankweng Magitrate's Court on public violence, possession of suspected stolen property, and arson charges.

More arrests were expected.

Police investigations are continuing.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.